Liber Visvicis: A D/s Collaring Ceremony
In BDSM culture, it is commonplace to have a short ritual in a D/s relationship for a collaring ceremony.
This ritual is intended for D/s couples who are interested in a somewhat Thelemic collaring ceremony, however it can also be enjoyed by those not familiar with Thelema It does borrow heavily from Qabbalistic symbolism as well as symbolism employed from Liber XV: The Gnostic Mass.
You don’t have to be an expert in ceremonial magick to perform this ritual. Although there is a little bit of memorization for the two parties involved it isn’t anything that can’t be learned with enough practice.
Wine, cakes of light, abramelin oil, and the collar.
white circle (big)
red circle (small) blue circle (small)
The Dominant and the submissive begin at the opening holding hands.
The Dominant steps forward and says, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” The congregation replies with “Love is the law, love under will.”
The Dominant steps forward and performs the LVX signs then proceeds to walk to the blue circle and performs the NOX signs.
The submissive performs the LVX signs then proceeds to walk to the red circle and performs the NOX signs.
Facing East, the submissive then says:
“Omari tessala marax,
tessala dodi phornepax.
amri radara poliax
amri radara piliu son’;
mari narya barbiton
madara anaphax sarpedon
andala hriliu.” (1)
The submissive faces the Dominant then draws a Unicursal Hexagram and whispers “ARARITA”
Facing East, the Dominant then says:
“IO PAN IO PAN, PAN, PAN.
To Babalon, thee I invoke this night of the universe.
Let the divine light rays of the Gnosis shower over me.
I am a star in a sea of stars.
I move according to my Will in my own particular orbit.
Let the serpent coiled splendour wrap around me!
It is my Will to be with my chosen and preferred.
So mote it be.”
The Dominant then faces the submissive and draws a Unicursal Hexagram and vibrates “ARARARITA.”
The Dominant performs the signs of NOX and then walks towards the white circle.
The submissive performs the signs of NOX and then walks towards the white circle.
The Dominant gets on their knees and kisses the submissive’s area right below the waist. Then they get up and kiss the submissive’s mouth.
The submissive kisses the Dominant’s mouth. Then they get on their knees and kiss the Dominant’s area right below the waist.
The submissive then grabs the Cakes of Light from the Altar. They hold it in the air towards the Dominant and make a cross with it. They say: “Babalon” and then eat the cake.
The Dominant grabs the cup of wine from the Altar and vibrates “IAO” before drinking it.
The Oath of Power Exchange
The submissive takes the collar from the Altar. The Dominant takes the abramelin oil from the Altar.
The Dominant says:
“Tonight we exchange that which is our very essences. The polarity of our souls are intertwined and our permutation is one. I have seen a universe full of stars shining as bright as the fire that created our world. In my travels around the sun I have found another star. That star is you (submissive’s name) and I ask you to join me in my orbit. As we endeavor to transmute ourselves into light, we shine freely and fully. Yet always together.” (2)
The Dominant dabs a bit of Abramelin on the submissive.
The submissive says: “I worship thee to the ends of the Earth. I am surrender my very being to you so that your Will and my Will swirl in perfect harmony. Do you solemnly swear to uphold my sanctity by symbol of this collar?” (3)
Submissive grabs collar from Altar.
Dominant says: “I do.”
Then the submissive hands the Dominant the collar.
Dominant: “With this collar, I make you mine. Kneel.”
The submissive kneels and the Dominant applies the collar. (4)
The Dominant grabs the submissive by the hand and helps her up. The Dominant then whispers the safeword (5) into the submissive’s ear .
They both then face Temple West and walk out the door. Other congregants may follow only after they have left the room.
The idea behind this ritual is for the Dominant to represent Chokmah and the submissive to represent Babalon. I felt that the energies of D/s were similar to these Sephirot. If you are familiar with power exchange, you know that ultimately all power is given to the submissive, hence the feminine nature. “…In his woman called the Scarlet Woman is all power given” AL I:15.
While the Dominant may seem to have all power prima facie they ultimately are at the mercy of the submissive. They are bound by the submissive’s consent and bound to uphold her. If this were M/s instead of D/s it might be a different story.
The Adorations segment is meant to signify the journey of the Dominant and submissive as they make their way to their respective positions.
The safeword is whispered at the end to signify that it is over.
(1) From the Cry of the 2nd Aethyr in “The Vision and The Voice.” Translation can be found on hermetic.com
(2) The Dominant may write their own vows.
(3) The submissive may write their own vows.
(4) If you can’t kneel for very long, you may opt to bow or curtsy and then apply the collar.
(5) If you don’t have a safeword, I suggest getting one. They are really handy in avoiding unwanted sensations.